Preparedness Tip Wednesday: DIY Clothes Washer

Today's tip is a DIY Clothes washer
I found this on Pinterest and thought you guys would like to learn how to make your own clothes washer, so here it is:

Nice clothes washing kit that would be a nice, no-power addition to a long-term emergency or preparedness set up.  Can also see it being a great addition to a base-camp for hikers, cabins or hunters.
NOTE: You could store two 5-gallon buckets, stack one inside of the other. Use one bucket for the soapy water and the other for the rinse water. You may be able to wash and rinse a couple of batches of clothes without changing the soapy water depending on how dirty the clothes are.
  • 5-gallon bucket with lid (cut hole in middle of lid for plunger handle to fit through)
  • Toilet plunger (brand-new, clean)
  • Store in bucket:
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Stain remover/stain stick
  • Vinegar (add 1/2 cup to rinse water) helps remove soap
  • Rope (for clothes line)
  • Clothes pins
To Use:
  • Empty contents of bucket.
  • Place water, small amount of detergent, and clothes in bucket.
  • Move plunger up and down for a few minutes or until clothes are clean.
  • Remove soapy clothes and ring them out.
  • Dump out soapy water (on your garden or lawn.)
  • Place soapy clothes in bucket and fill with clear, clean water.
  • Add 1/2 cup vinegar to rinse water.
  • Move plunger up and down to rinse clothing.
  • Wring out clothes and hang to dry.
  • Conserve water – use rinse water for next load of laundry.
***You can also make your own laundry detergent for really cheap with this recipe. Even if you don't want to use it for daily use it is a good idea to have these ingredients on hand for when you run out of your regular detergent runs out during an emergency situation. You can make liquid or powdered with these ingredients***

Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
Ivory Soap
Fels Naptha Bar or Pink Zote Soap

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